Inspirational Gonzalez leads Ferguson in regional semis


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The Columbus soccer team clinched its first ever trip to the state final four with a 2-1 overtime win over three-time defending state champion Weston Cypress Bay in the Region 4-5A final. Eddie Diaz scored the game-winner two minutes into overtime.


Trey Mourning, Ransom Everglades, boys’ basketball: Mourning finished with 27 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks to lead the Raiders to a win over Gulliver and the District 16-4A title.

Davian Bryan, Coral Reef, boys’ basketball: Bryan had 22 points and nine rebounds to lead the Barracudas to a win against Southridge and the District 16-8A championship.

Nicole Jimenez, Florida Christian, girls’ basketball: Jimenez led the Patriots to a 41-32 win over Booker T. Washington with 24 points and 14 steals.

Jordan Mills, Northwestern, girls’ basketball: Mills had 12 points and 18 rebounds to lead the Bulls to a 59-32 win over Mourning.

Patricio Lugo, South Dade, wrestling: Lugo remained undefeated and won a regional championship to help the Bucs claim the Region 4-3A title.

Steven Decius, North Miami, wrestling: Decius won a regional championship to lead the Pioneers to the runner-up trophy at the Region 4-3A meet.

Netanel Silberman, Hillel, boys’ soccer: Silberman scored two goals and assisted on another in a 3-1 win for the Hurricanes over Weston Sagemont in the Region 4-1A final.

Jesus Bolivar, Gulliver, boys’ soccer: Bolivar scored one of the goals in a 2-0 victory over Delray American Heritage in the Region 4-2A final.

Brittany Husk, Westminster Christian, softball: Husk went 4 for 4 with a home run and a triple to lead the Warriors to a 5-0 win against Doral.

Luis Diamanti, TERRA, boys’ tennis: Diamanti won his singles match to lead the Wolves to a win against Hialeah-Miami Lakes.

Valeria Gonzalez, Lourdes, girls’ tennis: Gonzalez won her singles match to help the Bobcats beat Miami Beach 4-3.


Senior guard Tabitha Gonzalez is often regarded for her mental toughness on the Ferguson girls’ basketball team.

Being praised for her bravery isn’t anything new for Gonzalez.

“I remember when I was 2 years old, people kept telling me I was stronger than 10-year-old boys,” Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez had no choice but to be brave at that age.

Not long after her second birthday, she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, a cancer of the white blood cells.

Gonzalez spent most of the next three years in and out of hospitals undergoing chemotherapy and sometimes being awakened at night to take necessary medication.

Three years later, Gonzalez went into remission and has been cancer-free since.

“I was little, but I still remember the smile on my mom’s face the day they said I wasn’t sick anymore,” Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez, who was born and raised in Miami with her parents Roxana and Carlos, has learned to beat the odds on the basketball court ever since.

Years after growing up playing against boys older than her in youth leagues in Kendall, and hoping to emulate her older brother, Mikhail — a former Ferguson basketball player — Gonzalez became a starter at Ferguson four years ago a year after the team had gone winless.

Gonzalez has since been instrumental in the team’s turnaround during that span from a winless team to its first regional playoff appearance.

Gonzalez, along with junior guard Annie Osceola (18.3 points, four rebounds, five assists per game), senior guard Nachale De Jesus (14 points, nine rebounds, seven assists) and junior forward Kamaria Johnson (10.4 points, eight rebounds), will lead the Falcons against South Miami on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in a Region 4-8A semifinal at the Cobras’ gym.

“That kid had cancer at such a young age and has been battling since then, and she’s been better ever since,” Ferguson coach Gabriel Lazo said. “Kids like her are hard to come by because of the talent they have and the hard work they put in on the court and in school.”

Gonzalez has already drawn interest from local schools such as Barry and Nova Southeastern.


• Progrounds Invitational—Gulliver 5, Hialeah 0: WP: D. Brown (1-0) 9Ks, 5IP. Top Performers: N. Acosta 2-3, 2 B, 2 RBIs. G. Soto 1-3, 2B, 2 RBIs.

• Braddock 7, Sunset 3:WP: D. Iglesias (1-0). LP: D. Diaz (0-1). Top performers: W. Padron 3-4, 2 runs, 4 SB. A. Alvarez 2-4, 2B, RBI, 2R, 1IP, 2K , save. I. Nunez 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, run. BRA 1-0/ Sun 0-1.

• TERRA 8, La Salle 2: WP: F. Bartow (1-0). LP: Miyares (0-1). Top performers: R. Pino 3-4, 2 SB. A. Valbuena 2-3, 3 RBI’s. O. Millet triple, 3 RBI’s. F. Bartow 6 K’s.

• Southridge 4, South Miami 2: WP: I. Dasilva (1-1). LP: J. Garcia (0-1). Top performers: Dasilva 3 IP, 6 K. O. Mirabal 5 IP, 2 Runs, 4 hits, 10 Ks. J. Zapata double. D. Amion triple. SR (2-1).

• Archbishop Curley 6, Sheridan Hills Christian 5: Top Performers: D. Diaz 1-3, single. J. Herrera 2-3, single. D. Lumpkin 2 runs.

• American 1, Coral Reef 0: AME 1-0 WP: R. Martinez (1-0). LP: C. Gruilla. Top performers: R. Gonzales 3-1, hit, RBI. R. Williams 3-2. C. Perez 4-1.

• North Miami 10, Central 0: WP: O. Jenkins (1-0). LP: Paris. Top performers: V. Sam 2-4, RBI. R. Martinez RBI. NM 1-0.

• Jackson d. Miami Beach 5-3: WP: G. Roberts (1-0). LP: B. Brittain. Top performers: D. Santana 1-2, 2 RBIs, 2 runs. JAC 1-0.

• Reagan 6, St. Brendan 3: J. Nistal 2-3, 2 B, run. J. Diaz 2-4, SB, run. B. Garcia HR. K. Feierabend 2 inn.


• Carrollton 12, Pace 7: WP: K. Craythorne (1-2). LP: Zeigler. Top Performers: A. Brunet 2-4, 2 RBIs. L. Rabassa 3 RBIs. K. Craythorne 7 IP, 6Ks.

• Goleman 11, Miami Beach 0: WP: N. Costero (1-0). LP: O. Seichrist (0-1). Top performers: K. Veiga 3-4, 2 runs, 3 RBI’s. M. Oliva 3-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs. N. Costero 2-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs.

• Archbishop Carroll 15, Palmer trinity 5: WP: J. Cinalli 2-0. Top Performers: J. Cinalli 3-3, 2 hits, triple 5 RBI, 2 runs. J. Blanchard 3-4, 2 hits, double 4 RBIs, 3 runs.

• Mourning 15, North Miami 3: WP: T. Fisher (2-1). LP: M. Vahaque. Top performers: V. Davidson 2-2, 3 RBIs. T. Fisher 12 Ks, HR, tripple. S. Pita 1-3, 2 RBIs. 2-1


• Ferguson 7, Sunset 0: Singles: G. Guzman 8-0. N. Rivero 8-0. S. Castro 8-0. Doubles: N. Rivero/ A. Torrecilla 8-1. FER 2-0.

• La Salle 7, St. Brendan 0: Singles: F. Raffetti 8-1. S. Felder 8-1. P. Hernandez-Pons 8-1. A. Garcia 8-0. Doubles: P. Hernandez-Pons/A. Garcia 8-0. A. Rusch/F. Pineiro 8-0.

• Hillel 6, Dade Christian 1: Singles: D. Doron 8-0. D. Woldenberg 0-8. M. Gilbert 8-0. Y. Bejar 8-2. C. Bentata 9-7. Doubles: M. Gilbert/ Y. Bejar 8-0. D. Abadi/ E. Friedman 9-7.


• Ferguson 7, Sunset 0: Singles: B. Gomez 8-0. I. Guzman 8-0. K. Zuluaga 8-0. Doubles: C. Verdeza/ C. Monge 8-1. FER 2-0.

• Carrollton 6, Palmer Trinity 2: Singles: N. Cubero 8-1. L. Pinero 8-6. S. Vasquez 8-1. A. Viuauretta 8-4. A. Brown 8-3. Doubles: K. Blarey/E. Himes 8-5. C. Amore/Regina 8-3. CAR 1-1.

• Hillel 7, Dade Christian 0: Singles: A. Waxman 8-2. A. Cohen 8-0. D. Bendayan 8-0. O. Algranatti 8-1. J. Alman 6-0. Doubles: A. Cohen/ D. Bendayan 8-0. O. Algranatti/ F. Cohen 9-7.

• La Salle 4, St. Brendan 3: Singles: K. Garcia 8-0. M. Feyad 8-6. I. Ciardelli 8-5. V. Honderos 9-8. K. Perez 8-0. Doubles: K. Garcia/A. Montoto 8-0. I. Ciardelli/V. Honderos 8-6.



Region 4-8A semifinal: Ferguson at South Miami, 7

Region 4-8A semifinal: Miami High at Flanagan, 7

Region 4-6A semifinal: Northwestern at Norland, 7

Region 4-4A semifinal: Florida Christian at Gulliver, 7

Region 4-3A semifinal: Sagemont at Miami Country Day, 7

Region 4-2A semifinal: Calusa Prep at Hebrew Academy, 7

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